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Atwater Conservation Crew Leader - Summer 2022


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North Brookfield, Massachusetts

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Title:  Conservation Crew Leader  

Location: North Brookfield, MA, Camp Atwater

Expected Start Date: Late May-June, 2022

Estimated End Date: August, 2022

Wages: $765-$815/week DOE, paid biweekly

Status: This is a full-time, seasonal position. 

Health Benefits: Medical benefit options may be available for individuals serving 4 months or longer

Other Benefits: Food & transportation provided while in the field overnight, on-site lodging at Camp Atwater, uniform shirts, personal protective equipment, PLC Hiring Authority, Rigging/Rockwork training, saw training, Wilderness First Aid and other developmental opportunities as available


Questions? Please include “Atwater Crew Leader” in the email title.

Reports to: Program Manager


Appalachian Conservation Corps: (ACC) works to connect young people to critical conservation service work across Appalachia and neighboring communities in Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Maryland, DC, and Pennsylvania as well as acting as mentor and management support for start-up local corps in NC and now MA.  As a corps program, ACC partners with public land managers to identify, plan, and complete projects that improve public access, habitat quality, and economic development. ACC is a program of Conservation Legacy, a nationwide network of conservation service organizations. Our programs focus on service, place-based learning, life skills development, appreciation of diversity, civic responsibility, and career development. ACC also provides an opportunity for members to learn about the local environment and issues affecting it and introduces individuals to recreation and resource management careers. ACC welcomes national applicants, but also emphasizes the engagement of local individuals who represent the communities in which they serve. 


Position Summary: 

Conservation Legacy and the Urban League of Springfield are teaming up to launch Corps programming at the Urban Leagues Camp Atwater, a historic African American Camp in North Brookfield, and the surrounding areas. Work will vary between trail, restoration, light construction, and mentorship of Camp Atwater day campers in conversation programs and practices.  This job includes heavy manual labor projects related to trail construction and trail maintenance. Project work may include but is not limited to:

Technical rock work

Grip hoist/rigging

Timber work

Bridge construction/maintenance

Tread work/erosion control

 Invasive Species removal


Project Work: 

Projects take place across the Appalachian Region, including work with the US Forest Service, the National Park Service, and other land managers. During their time in the field, Crew Members camp overnight and work outdoors in all types of weather conditions, performing heavy manual labor related to environmental conservation and restoration projects. These hands-on projects include visitor access improvements, trail construction and maintenance, habitat restoration, invasive species treatments, historic restoration, disaster relief, and much more. Most projects require hiking out to remote work sites for the day with tools, equipment, and day pack. 



“Hitch” schedules may vary, but generally this crew schedule will be 5 days in the field followed by 2 days off. The Crew will be expected to report directly to Camp Atwater or at designated pick-up areas in Worchester or Springfield (with transportation to Camp Atwater provided by the site). This crew may also work as a day crew model or 9 days on, 5 days off.


Workdays are typically 8-10 hours, with scheduled breaks throughout the day. Depending on project work and location, other schedule variations may be implemented. While the staff at Conservation Legacy and partners work to provide consistency throughout the season, personal flexibility is expected and should be prepared for when entering the term as schedules, times, and work locations are subject to change per project needs.  


Appalachian Conservation Corps Crew Leaders perform many roles and are the key to our program’s success. The position is multi-faceted and demanding, but with opportunity for enormous rewards. Successful candidates will demonstrate resourcefulness, effective communication skills, excellent judgement, maturity, initiative, professionalism, and the desire to devote themselves to a crew experience where the needs of others are placed above oneself. The Crew Leader position requires, mentorship, patience, technical aptitude, focus on efficiency, and a high level of comfort in the outdoors. Crew Leaders are ultimately responsible for successes and shortcomings of the crew.


This position will be joined by an Assistant Crew Leader (ACL), an AmeriCorps leadership position focusing on the continued development of leadership skills. While this will be a collaborative relationship, the Crew Leader bears ultimate responsibility for member development, as well as high quantity project accomplishments for our partners


Expectations of a Conservation Legacy Day Crew:

Expect to work long days in a front country or backcountry location. Workdays will contain hiking and strenuous labor in remote settings in all weather conditions.

Conservation Legacy is a non-residential program, meaning members are responsible for securing and paying for their own housing when not in the field or camped with a crew. (The crew leader does have the opportunity to stay on-site).

Camping crews prepare meals communally and work together as a group to complete all necessary chores. Community/camp chore and professional development work is completed daily. Fridays are focused on educational opportunities for crew members and group discussions on conservation and/or corps related topics.

Leaders must supply their own personal outdoor gear and equipment such as a tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, day pack, multi-day pack, work pants, hiking/work boots, etc. ACC will provide group camp equipment, tools, protective gear and transportation between Conservation Legacy office and project sites. 

Conservation Legacy crews are expected to work in diverse team settings. Respect for all members of the program, our partners, the public and the land they are visiting is expected.

Conservation Legacy expects leaders/members to represent the program in a professional manner.  

Leaders/members are expected to be timely, hardworking, flexible, and complete all tasks assigned.

Required Skills

Minimum Qualifications:

Full vaccination against COVID-19 by the first day of employment and ability to provide proof of vaccination before starting

1-2 years’ experience with conservation corps, youth corps, or outdoor youth programming

Technical trail construction and maintenance experience

Leadership experience with youth or young adults

Excellent organizational & communication skills

Must be able to demonstrate strong project management skills

Strong time-management skills and ability to work independently as well as with others

Flexibility, adaptability and capacity to work in a fluid, changing work environment

Ability to work long days in adverse conditions and in roles that are physically strenuous.

High School diploma or GED certificate

First Aid and CPR certification

Must be 21+, OR have a clean driving record for 3+years (insurable by ACC) and a current driver’s license


Preferred Qualifications:

Current and relevant certification in Wilderness Medicine (WFA, WAFA, WFR) with CPR/AED

Experience with backpacking, wilderness living and travel, and LNT principles

Background with experiential and/or environmental education

Strong conflict resolution skills

Sense of humor, spirit of adventure, desire to make a difference and promote leadership in others

A general comfort and previous knowledge of working/living in an outdoor setting


Participant Essential Eligibility Requirements:

Essential eligibility requirements for the program must be met. If you are unable to meet certain requirements, we may be able to assist you with some modification unless it alters the fundamental nature of the program, compromises the health and safety of participants or staff, or places an undue financial or administrative burden on the organization. These requirements are written the same for all positions and therefore may not apply directly to your position.

Frequently required to walk, hike, sit and talk or listen

Regularly lift and/or move up to 50 pounds

Required to drive a ACC vehicle

Must be able to speak, understand, read and write English

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions

Ability to pass Conservation Legacy’s criminal history checks

Additional Skills:

Leadership & Mentorship

Manage, supervise, and lead the day-to-day details of project work

Implement skills training on worksite and facilitate intentional discussions via informal lessons to contribute to the crew’s personal growth and group dynamics

Promote individual corps member development and a healthy, supportive community

Mentor AmeriCorps Crew Leader while delegating project responsibilities, crew life oversight, and member development to them. 

Must be willing to follow and enforce all Conservation Legacy policies, maintain professional boundaries, and appropriately represent Conservation Legacy. This includes creating a substance free work environment, refraining from the use of tobacco products, alcohol, and drugs while involved in the program


Safety & Risk Management

Implement and enforce Conservation Legacy's COVID-19 Pandemic Policies and Procedures (provided to applicants during interview process), including mask use, handwashing, and sanitizing crew vehicles and gear

Monitor, manage, and promote the crew’s physical and emotional safety on and off the work site

Exhibit strong situational awareness & promote a culture of safety

Transport crew and equipment safely in Conservation Legacy's vans or large vehicles with trailers



Complete professional documentation of time sheets, daily and weekly reports, corps member and peer evaluations, disciplinary action forms, incident reports, etc., and submit in a timely manner

Responsible for all project related outcomes and deliverables

Manage food budget and credit card purchases, including receipt reconciliation

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